Can you imagine controlling muscles with light? MIT neuroscientists have shown that they can do just that by applying optogenetics, a technique that allows them to control neurons' electrical impulses with light.
Does consciousness exist outside the brain, pointing to a more observable world than meets the eye? Or are near death and out-of-body experiences simply signs of oxygen deprivation, showcasing a plausible occurrence easily explained by science?
Henry Molaison is known to have to most famous brain in the history of neuroscience. Today, he is honored for allowing scientists to study his brain and unearth various neuroscience breakthroughs, most notably the conception of a 3-D model of his brain.
For a long time, scientists thought that everyone of us processed numbers predominantly in a spatial way, imagining numbers from left to right for example. But now a study by Florian Krause from the Donders Institute in Nijmegen demonstrates that this is not the case.
MIT model explains how the brain can learn novel tasks while still remembering what it has already learned.
For neuroscientist James Fallon, studying the scans of brains afflicted with mental disorders was a regular part of his job. The University of California, Irvine researcher regularly looked into the minds of murderers, depressive and schizophrenics by studying their PET images. Yet he found somethin...
Unexpected behavior in ferroelectric materials explored by researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory supports a new approach to information storage and processing.
I’ve never met a person who doesn’t know what I mean by this question. The idea that creative people use the right side of their brain more than logical people (the left-brained) is an extremely strong meme.
The world’s most ambitious neuroscience project is underway. Scientists from the 135 partner institutions of the Human Brain Project, co-funded by the EU with an estimated budget of €1.2 billion ($1.6 billion USD), are meeting in Switzerland for the official launch today, October 7, 2013.
Neuroeconomists at the University of Zurich have identified a specific brain region that controls compliance with social norms. They discovered that norm compliance is independent of knowledge about the norm and can be increased by means of brain stimulation.
Five years on from Lehman Brothers' collapse and “where did it all go wrong?” analysis is all the rage. Answers have varied: poor regulation, malicious bankers, dozy politicians, greedy homeowners, and so on.
A new imaging technique to study the function of entire nervous systems has been developed by scientists at the Campus Vienna Biocenter (Austria) who found a way to overcome some of the limitations of light microscopy. Applying the new technique, they recorded the activity of a worm’s brain with h...